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Marshmallow Fudge Tartlets

Another non-traybake post this week.  And it does require you to make pastry.  (Or you could buy ready-made pastry, there’s no judgment here.)

These are called Marshmallow Fudge Tartlets, but it’s more of a ‘Marshmallow Jam Caramel Tartlet’.  But the first option is shorter and snappier, so I’m sticking with that. The combination of crisp pastry, tart jam, sweet marshmallow and caramel is a winner.

Now, the recipe calls for halved marshmallows but I also tried making some with Fluff (if you don’t know what this is, it’s ‘spreadable marshmallow creme’).  There were pros and cons to both options.  The tartlets filled with Fluff were much prettier as the tops were smooth and flat.  But the fluff is softer than marshmallows, so these were also a little gooey to eat (not always a bad thing!).  With the halved marshmallows, the filling is firmer but the marshmallow is more obviously visible once the caramel has been poured over the top.  I’ll leave it up to you to decide which to go for.  Also, I don’t know if Fluff is readily available outside the USA.  It’s a bit of a New England tradition, so there’s no problem finding it here.

The first time I made these, I tried replacing the jam with Nutella in a few of the tartlets, but it was just too much for me.  In my opinion, you need the tartness of the jam to balance out sweetness from everything else. The recipe says to use raspberry jam, but feel free to use whatever jar you have open.  I think these would work well with lots of different flavours.

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Ingredients (makes about 18)

Pastry Cases

6oz/170g plain flour (all-purpose flour)

4oz/110g butter

2oz/55g icing sugar (powdered sugar)

1 egg yolk

and probably about 1 tsp cold water to bind the dough

Filling

marshmallows (cut in half) or marshmallow fluff

raspberry jam

Caramel Topping

4oz/110g butter

4oz/110g sugar (I used dark brown sugar but have made this with white sugar before)

1 tbsp golden syrup (or honey or maple syrup)

½ tin condensed milk (about 7oz/200g)

1.  Make the pastry cases.  First rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.  Then stir in the sugar.

2.  Mix in the egg yolk and, if needed, a little cold water (about 1 tsp) until it forms a dough.  Wrap the dough in cling film/plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

3.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface (warning, it’s quite a soft dough, so be careful with it and flour your work surface well) until it’s your desired thickness (I did mine to about 0.5cm) and line your tartlet tins/bun tray.  I got about 18 tartlets out of this quantity of pastry.

4.  Bake the tartlets at 325F/160C for about 15-20 mins until they are golden brown.  It does help if you can use baking beans/pie weights while you’re baking the cases as it will stop the pastry from rising slightly.  But it will taste the same if you don’t.

5.  After the cases have cooled, put 1 tsp jam into each and then place halved marshmallows (or 1 tsp marshmallow fluff) on top.

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Halved marshmallow on the left. Fluff on the right

6.  Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat.  Then add the syrup and condensed milk, stirring all the time and boil for 2-3 minutes.

7.  Quickly spoon sufficient caramel to cover each marshmallow.  Leave to cool.  Enjoy!

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Halved marshmallow on the left. Fluff on the right

Marshmallow Fudge Tartlets

9 Comments

  1. These used to be my standard tray bake for Sunday School prize givings and outings – I wasn’t allowed to appear without them!! They were a firm favourite!! However, I used marshmallows cut in half so you could see the marshmallow and they were quickly nicknamed ‘Fried Eggs’!!!
    I love your blog and brings back so many memories of tray bakes I used to do … you’ve inspired me to resurrect a few and try a few new ones – thanks :-)!

    • Ha! I love the ‘Fried Eggs’ nickname for these! Glad you’re enjoying the blog – there are plenty more recipes to come!

  2. Do you have a cook book for sale

    • CJ

      January 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

      My baking and blog are a hobby, so I don’t have a cookbook. I add new recipes to this site regularly, so there is plenty more baking to come in 2017! Thank you.

  3. Can you freeze the Marshmallow fudge targets. I need to make loads of buns for an event & if I could freeze ahead it would really help

    • CJ

      April 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I haven’t tried freezing them myself – they don’t tend to last very long in our house! I have successfully frozen caramel squares and other caramel based traybakes, so I think it should probably be ok. Thanks!

  4. Marshmallow fudge tartlets freeze great! I used to make them in advance – you need to open freeze then on a tray and once frozen, then I put them in containers separated by greaseproof paper. Enjoy!

  5. Thanks Avril
    That’s good news. Hopefully I have enough to freeze if the family don’t get to them 1st. Thanks again for your advice

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